Poll: In swing states, PA still a close call for Obama

Quinnipiac University is out today with a poll measuring President Obama against the two top Republican challengers, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, in the key swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.  The poll finds Obama opening up a lead on both Republicans in a potential November general election match-up in Ohio and Florida.  But Pennsylvania is still too close to call if Obama faces Romney in the fall.

The poll found:

  • Pennsylvania: Obama over Romney 45 - 42 percent; Obama over Santorum 48 - 41 percent.
  • Florida: Obama over Romney 49 - 42 percent; Obama over Santorum 50 - 37 percent.
  • Ohio: Obama over Romney 47 - 41 percent; Obama over Santorum 47 - 40 percent.

The poll also found that 50 percent of this state's voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president and don't want to see him re-elected.  The economy, unemployment, the 2010 federal Affordable Health Care Act -- now being debated before the U.S. Supreme Court -- and the federal deficit were the top concerns among Pennsylvania voters.

A Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll also released today shows that Santorum is losing his firm grip on his home state of Pennsylvania, sliding from a 29-percentage-point lead over Romney in February to a razor-thin 2-percent lead today.